Women’s Aviation Career Symposium Launches Educational and Networking Event for Women Interested in Careers in Aviation

The Women’s Aviation Career Symposium (WACS) will be held for the fifth year on March 18, 2023. WACS is a professional career conference for women only, from high school juniors to retirees and will take place at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation located in Battle Creek, MI. Designed to introduce women to aviation and to promote networking, education, and scholarships, WACS takes pride in building up the aerospace community. The WACS event will provide multiple scholarships for aviation education, professional development, flight training, and maintenance training.

“This event is a nexus of education and networking for women interested in aviation. Our attendees will be able to meet dedicated professionals who want nothing more than to elevate the next generation of women in aerospace and take the industry to new heights,” said Helen Hagg, co-founder of WACS. “Whether through scholarships or career advice, we are here to be a resource to women who will be the future of our industry.”

This multi-faceted event will have space for WACS attendees to meet and network with industry companies, organizations, and professional women in aviation. It will feature information on aviation, aerospace engineering, space, STEM education, and military aviation. Round table discussion panels will be held in the morning where attendees can ask questions about different industry careers and learn about the everyday life of each panelist. Keynote speaker Tammy “G” Barlette, a retired Lieutenant Colonel US Air Force Pilot and professional speaker, is set to inspire the next generation of women to persevere and pursue their dreams. Last year, nearly 180 women attended and $32,000 in scholarships were awarded to 16 women. The event drew representatives and professionals from leading companies, including West Star Aviation, Northern Jet Management, Duncan Aviation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Jackson National Life, Gulfstream, and Dassault Falcon Jet. Also present were several regional airlines, corporate aviation companies, and schools. The goal of WACS is to provide $40,000 in scholarships this year and advance our industry by promoting local companies, jobs, resources, and schools in Michigan and surrounding Great Lakes States.

To see more information or to register for the event, visit the following link: Women’s Aviation Career Symposium (WACS) 2023.